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    Hello guys, im nearing completion of my carpc, now im just looking for an antenna that can multi task. Ive been going crazy googleing and searching mp3car. Hopefully all you geniuses can help me. I am looking for a sharkfin style antenna that can do gps and xm. If it can do anything else it would be awesome, but those 2 are my main concern. I saw the antenna that is on mp3store but it doesnt have XM. also if someone can point me in the direction of a gps reciever with capable external antenna that works with centrafuse i would greatly greatly appreciate it!! Thanks again! (and i swear i really did search but could find nothing that pertained to making a new antenna and not using oem or just stuffing the BU353 into a dummy)

  • #2
    I have not been through it all, but http://www.badland.co.uk/products.php might have something for you?

    Or you could go for the real deal.. buying the BMW antenna:
    Follow this link: http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...40&hg=65&fg=30 to find what partnumber you want, and then go to your local Bavaria/BMW dealer and order it.

    GSM, GPS and DAB Radio... (and if I'm not mistaken, you ca use the DAB part for your XM).

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    • #3
      thank you so much for your help!!! i really really appreciate it. if i could trouble you for one more thing, do you have any recommendations for a gps receiver that can connect to the sharkfin and is compatible with centrafuse? ive been looking for a guide to convert DAB to XM but i cant seem to find anything. Is it a straight connect and DAB is just another name for XM/Sirius? or is there more to it? thanks in advance!

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      • #4
        I recently did this..... i bought one of those dummy shark fin for VW opened it up and put my bu-353 in and my xm antenna, I get crappy reception from the xm antenna but i think it was from the twisting and testing the antenna on the base






        the xm (little one ) its upside down....

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        • #5
          Can someone explain to me what exactly you're doing here? How do you get the USB cable from the antenna to your computer to send the signal? Is it wireless?
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          • #6
            in that pic the gps is disconnected thats why there is no cable.. the connector its small enough that fits through the opening of the antenna. now the xm antenna I had to cut it in order to pass the cable through the opening..

            and then just run the cable to the carputer which is the trunk so its not a long run for the cable

            sorry I only took that pic..

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            • #7
              does this stay waterproof? im worried if i do this i might damage the antennas. also what gps receiver are you using? I bought the bu 353 cuz it seems to be the most popular one

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              • #8
                its been raining a lot down here in florida and everything its still working fine it has a rubber that goes between the car and the antenna that prevents water from going in into the bottom of the antenna.

                my gps its that same one you have the bu-353 I took it out of the enclosure that it has and put inside.

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                • #9
                  can i ask you one last thing, where did u get the dummy fin? ive been looking at the ones on ebay, the ones that look more like bmw's but there doesnt seem to be enough room underneath for adding anything. im afraid to buy it and figure out it doesnt really fit

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                  • #10
                    just search for "vw shark fin" the one i bought had the am/fm antenna in it but i took it out b/c it did not fit with the others and I hardly use it anyways

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                    • #11
                      My BU-353 works perfectly hidden under my dash. So I only have the standard XM antenna on the roof, as it does not works so well inside the car.

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                      • #12
                        To clarify, does the DAB feature work as a Sirius antenna? Is there somewhere where we can see what the connectors look like? i would like to hook up my Alpine N872A nav and Alpine sirius tuner to one antenna on the roof if posible, not opposed to using BMW hardware, if it is plug-and-play

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by a2carat View Post
                          in that pic the gps is disconnected thats why there is no cable.. the connector its small enough that fits through the opening of the antenna. now the xm antenna I had to cut it in order to pass the cable through the opening..

                          and then just run the cable to the carputer which is the trunk so its not a long run for the cable

                          sorry I only took that pic..
                          I was wondering more about cutting a hole in the roof of the car, not the antenna.
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                          2005 Honda Civic

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                          • #14
                            GPS/XM sharkfin antenna

                            If you don't want to make a hole first try an antenna to fit inside your car attached to the window inside, for example something like this antenna GPS Combined - 2J620P
                            WIFI / BLUETOOTH 2.4 GHz / AMPS 824-894MHz / UMTS 2.1 GHz / GSM 900 MHz / GPS 1575.42 MHz / DCS 1900 MHz / PCN 1800 MHz



                            But if you don't have much time to play around just go some car repairs shop and ask them to make the installation for you and attach one of this to your car, they have a great performance and they look great, I have one of those in my vehicle!
                            "Shark" GPS/GPS 1575.42 MHz/Glonass 1572MHz to 1610MHz/GSM/WIFI antenna


                            I hope you have your mind a bit more clear now

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